Like referees in soccer/rugby and umpires in cricket/tennis, officiating personnel who ensure fair play in chess are called arbiters.

Paras Gudka arbitrating in the African Individual Blitz Chess Championship in Kampala, Uganda / July 2016

Arbitrating in the African Individual Blitz Chess Championship in Kampala, Uganda / July 2016

My own arbitration experience began in January 2012 when I organised my very first tournament under the banner of Westlands Chess Club. Since then I have attended two FIDE Arbiters’ Seminars, received a FA (FIDE Arbiter) and IA (International Arbiter) titles and arbitrated in several FIDE-rated local, zonal, continental and international tournaments.

Training Seminars/Workshops Attended

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar – Kampala
16 – 23 July 2016 | Kampala, Uganda
Lecturers: IA, FT, IO Omar Salama (ISL) | IA Stephen Kisuze (UGA)
Title achieved: N/A

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar – New Delhi
30 June – 2 July 2014 | New Delhi, India
Lecturers: IA Prof. Anantharam Rathinam (IND) | IA, IO Casto Abundo (PHI)
Title achieved: FA (FIDE Arbiter)


Tournaments Arbitrated In